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Brewed by Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Saison
Soy-Erezée, Belgium
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 602   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Dany, the offbeat brewer at Fantôme, will try anything, and the results are always interesting. A beer made from dandelions would be worth a try if only because no one has ever brewed one before, but the great news is that this is actually a very good beer.
Dany and some cohorts get busy every spring picking bushels of dandelions that grow in the fields around the picturesque farmhouse brewery. The yellow flowers are removed and dried in the sun, then soaked in water for a few days. The thick, dark dandelion “tea” that results is the basis for the Pissenlit, which is made also from traditional barley malt and hops. It resembles a classic saison beer – golden spritzy brew, strong and very flavorful, with a good hop bite. You may have to strain to taste the dandelions, but you know they’re in there.
It should be noted that uncooked, the dandelion has a diuretic effect and is known in France as Pissenlit (literally, "wet the bed" - this also happens to be the British folk-name) for precisely this reason.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (37269) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2009
Bottle 75cl. @ [ Fastelavns Tasting Ulfborg ].
Clear medium orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, caramel, fruity, moderate hoppy, citrus, flowers, dandelion flower ! Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, light acidic and sour, moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090221]

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
yespr (33597) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2008
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a fully diminished white head. Light orange aroma, acidic to citric. Flavour is acidic with and orange citric note. Infected citric flavour. Ends with a mild yeasty mellow flavour. A pure waste on me apparently.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29987) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2008
Bottled. A hazy orange beer with an off-white head. The aroma is sweet with notes of spices, caramel, and malt, whilte the flavor is sweet combined with and acidic edge and quite spice. Very Fantome’ish.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2008
(Bottle 75 cl) Courtesy of BelJohansen. Hazy, amber golden with a small, creamy, off-white head. Lightly tart, citrusy nose. Medium body with sour, citrusy notes and a fusty edge. Sour in the finish. Yet another terribly overrated Fantôme - jesus... 120108

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (21544) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2007
Bottled. Amber colour, small white head. Aroma is earthy, big malts and some hops. Quite sour notes also. Flavour is very sour fruits, earth, yeast and some hops. Very palatetickling thing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (20449) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2007 Bottled. Reddish amber, brief lively head. The nose has less of that interesting winegum than some other Fantôme brews, and instead a vague dryish herbal touch. It’s medium sweet with dense, clean mouthfeel. Estery flavuor with notes of seville orange marmelade and a salty edge. Dangerously drinkable. Though not as directly appealing as the best Fantôme beers, it still is a fascinating, complex and yet refreshing brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18351) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2006
Bottle. Hazy dark amber colour with a very big longlasting off-white head. Malty fruity aroma. Aroma of dandelions. You also have the dandelions in the flavor. The flavor is also fruity and malty with some hop bitterness. Long bitter aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (16860) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2011
27th November 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Cloudy amber beer. Sharp and crisp start leads to sour fruit that is refreshing/ Long sweet and sour floral finish. A cracker of a unique beer. Would dearly love to have tried the Special version!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15750) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2007
Corked bottle, vintage 2003, 4 years old
Beautiful amber color; thin creamy head. Some aroma of malt, cork, wood; sweet. Round mouthfeel, some malt flavor, sweetness, white pepper, woody, some astringency. Well brewed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14703) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2012 Bottle, 75cl. Slightly hazy, oragne body, topped by a minimal off-white head. Sourish aroma with the distinct notes of torn dandelions. Rather special, but far from bad. Sour and fruity flavor with a wee bitterness and citrusy hints. Astringent, medium body and a sour-fruity finish. Refreshing indeed, but I can’t really decide on what I think. It’s nice, but still it’s not nice. Strange, but fun experience. Rating: 7-4-7-3-14-3.5. 071228

Bottle, 75cl. It pours an unclear, orange body under a small, off-white head that lasts. Very fruity on the nose, with some herbal hints and sugary hints. Some caramel-like maltyness, bitter hints of dandelion, herbal hints and fruityness in the flavor. Medium to full body, semi-dry and maybe a bit low on carbonation. Herbal, fruity-sweet finish with a faint bitterness. An unusual one indeed, still Saison-ish lovely. Already looking forward to my next sample. 121019


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